magibrain: "Did they have morality majors at your school?" "No." (Don't ask me; I was not a morality major)
Can I just suggest that, the next time you find yourself planning a fic which covers Neal's entire life from circa age seven to the end of season 4 episode 02 in a series of vignettes as a prompt fill, that you rethink that impulse?

I'm just saying.


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Title: The Sky Never Fights Back
Fandom: White Collar
Prompt: Bruises
Medium: Fic
Wordcount: ~3000
Rating: T
Warnings: Spoilers through 4x11 (Family Business) of White Collar.
Summary: Neal's taken a beating, physically and emotionally, over the last weeks.

You say the price we pay for love
is loss. I say the price we pay for love
is love. You say sometimes you've nothing
save your hand in the glove and the glove
against wind and you're jabbing at the sky now
in the match of your life but the sky
never fights back so you praise it.


– "Match", Brynn Saito


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magibrain: There ARE no tunes. It's TALK RADIO, Torg! ALL TALKING! (Still just talking.)
Title: I Say Our City is Small and Teeming with Ghosts
Fandom: White Collar
Prompt: Suicide Attempt
Medium: Fic
Wordcount: ~3000
Rating: T
Warnings: Suicide attempts and suicide in backstory. Spoilers through 4x04 "Parting Shots" of White Collar.
Summary: The Witness Protection Program has never had a fatality among any of the witnesses who follow the rules. It's going outside the rules – contacting people from your old life, trying to settle unfinished business – that gets you in trouble, but Ellen's been hiding for 30 years, and it's not as though she's got much left to lose.

You say sometimes you wake and wait
for the god of loneliness to leave you alone.
I say our city is small and teeming
with ghosts and there are no seasons
for hiding.


– "Match", Brynn Saito


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Title: The Wind Will Ruin Everything – (i) St. Louis to NYC
Index Post: [Fic][White Collar] The Wind Will Ruin Everything - Index

So we let go of the ones
who called us by our names. We make
ourselves new names by tracing letters
in a sand tray with sharp stones.
This is called Patience or Practicing
Solitude or The Wind Will Ruin Everything
but what does it matter...


– "Match", Brynn Saito


(i) St. Louis to NYC )
magibrain: Peter Burke would like to know where you are at all times. (White Collar)
Title: The Wind Will Ruin Everything
Fandom: White Collar
Prompt: Loss of Home/Shelter
Medium: Fic
Wordcount: ~13,800
Rating: T
Warnings: Spoilers through 4x04 (Parting Shots) of White Collar.
Summary: Neal's left home a few times, in his life. Most of the time, though, he's blinked and home's been gone.

Notes: I'm still rather annoyed at my inability to make canon's timelines make any kind of logical sense, not to mention my failure to make canon's logic make any kind of logical sense. Therefore, I've taken a lot of liberties where I've seen fit, in order to tie things together.

Also, this is probably not procedurally accurate vis-a-vis... anything.

Also, this was not supposed to be in five parts.

 DWAO3
(i) St. Louis to NYCDreamwidthArchive
(ii) NYC to prisonDreamwidthArchive
(iii) Prison to NYCDreamwidthArchive
(iv) NYC to nowhereDreamwidthArchive
(v) NYC to NYCDreamwidthArchive



...you know what; the first section of this fic is a perfectly serviceable fill for this prompt. WHY DID I JUST KEEP WRITING.
magibrain: Peter Burke would like to know where you are at all times. (White Collar)
Title: Rockets' Red Glare
Fandom: White Collar
Prompt: Explosion
Medium: Fic
Wordcount: ~6500.
Rating: T
Warnings: Explosions in public, crowded places.
Summary: An accident at the 4th of July fireworks show opens up old wounds.

Continuity: You know what? Don't even ask. It's sometime after 3.03 "Deadline" and sometime before 4.05 "Honor Among Thieves", and that is basically what I know.

Notes: For [personal profile] frith_in_thorns, who said "My generalised prompt: take practically any of those scenarios and put Neal and Diana in it together. Especially explosion or natural disaster."


Or: In which Neal is evasive, Christie is tipsy, and Diana is more prickly than cuddly, but it works out, sort of, in the end. )
magibrain: Hope you like eels. It's EEL SEASON out there. (It's EEL SEASON.)
So, I'm not sure exactly why I decided that a story covering Neal Caffrey's entire adult life through the the resolution of Most Wanted was a good idea, but I did, and that, I feel, was a mistake. It's currently unfinished at 8,000 words, in four parts. None of these things were my intention.

In fairness, it totally fits one of the prompts, if you squint and tilt your head and take certain things very thematically. ...one of the prompts that isn't anywhere near the bingo I'm working on. But it fits into a series with two other prompts! ...one of which is on the bingo I'm working on.

Hush.

I feel like I could have had at least one of these fics finished by today, if I hadn't taken a weird left turn somewhere and found myself writing out 15,000 words of fiction where the US correctional system is a modern version of convict leasing, but on the plus side, I have 15,000 words of fiction where the US correctional system is a modern version of convict leasing!

Look, I never claimed to be good at this.


(I also feel a bit guilty about all those words, because I've totally been using fanfic as a way to hide from the stress of unemployment when I should probably be spending more of that time doing productive things. Hey, if anyone knows of a San Francisco Bay Area company that wants to hire a PHP/MySQL developer with a bunch of experience and an active interest in picking up new languages but no CS degree, point me their way, aight?)


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magibrain: Hope you like eels. It's EEL SEASON out there. (It's EEL SEASON.)
Awesome! I think I've found a three-part strategy for approaching H/C Bingo. Those three parts are:

  1. Start as many fics as possible all at once, just to make sure I'm always distracted from finishing any of them,

  2. Make sure that the fics I am working on are carefully positioned to cover the maximum possible space on my card without actually forming a bingo, and

  3. Layer more complexity and plot into each fic than is strictly necessary to fulfill the prompt, so that each one takes a long time to complete, and will surely need extensive edits once done in draft.


...I don't think I'm doing this right.

(To be fair, though, I feel like 2 isn't actually my fault, 3 has not been intentional in half the fics, and 1 is just how my brain works anyway. But re: 3, I started off writing the Poltergeist prompt, and then it decided to absorb two other prompts that aren't even on my card, and as it stands the thing is 6000 messy words and maybe, at a generous estimate, 60% done. It's going to be longer than Misfire. That's just wrong.)

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magibrain: "Did they have morality majors at your school?" "No." (Don't ask me; I was not a morality major)
First time I've ever done one of these. Should be fun! ...for me more than the characters, obviously*.

Somehow, I was expecting a lot more supernatural stuff, but it looks like aside from "poltergeist", looks like not so much. Oh, well. Still plenty of trouble I can get up to with the things I've been given, I'm sure.

If anyone has takes on these prompts they'd especially like to see me take a swing at, either in White Collar or Stargate: SG-1 (classic team), feel free to lob them my way! No guarantees, but I can at least try. (Bonus points for prompts which deliberately subvert the themes in some way. What can I say; I have a soft spot. Other bonus points for prompts angled to pass the Bechdel test.)

My hc_bingo card )


*Hopefully.

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